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PRESS STATEMENT: ARHP Applauds Introduction of Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act

Wayne C. Shields
President and CEO
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)
- Comprehensive sexuality education vital for today’s youth -

For Immediate Release
February 10,  2005

Washington, DC
Contact: Ann McCall
Phone: (202) 466-3825

The current abstinence-only-until-marriage approach to sexuality education in the United States is deceiving our youth. A recent report by Rep. Waxman (D-CA) demonstrated that many of these programs teach factually incorrect and misleading information to young people. In addition, recent studies have called into question the effectiveness of these programs.

The REAL Act will ensure that young people receive medically accurate and scientifically sound information. A more comprehensive approach to sexuality education empowers youth, arms them with information to protect themselves, which then allows them to make wise decisions about their health and well-being.


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